North Korea Nuclear Issue Not Raised in Prisoner Release Visit: Barack Obama

Written by | November 10, 2014 | 0

BEIJING:  The United States did not raise North Korea’s banned nuclear programme during the visit by a senior US official to secure the release of two American prisoners, US President Barack Obama said on Monday.

The United States was ready to engage Pyongyang on its nuclear programme when the North is ready to talk seriously about denuclearisation, Obama told a news conference during a summit of Asia-Pacific nations in Beijing.

Asked whether North Korea’s release of the US citizens Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller showed a potential diplomatic opening, Obama said that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper did not conduct “high-level policy discussions” in Pyongyang on his trip to retrieve them.

“It did not touch on some of the broader issues of concern … In particular, its development of nuclear capacity,” Obama said.

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